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Item 1: Holst, Marius, 2010. Kongen av Bastøy, 4 ½ Films.
This Norwegian film is based on a true story of an island to rehabilitate delinquent boys during the early 20th century. I
have chosen this film as it is a classic example of Scandinavian cinema in terms of the look of it, but also in relation to
the themes explored within it.
Item 2: Lindholm, Tobias and Michael Noer, 2010. R, Nordisk Film.
This film is a second example of a Scandinavia thriller and is particularly useful in that it also deals with the prison
system, as King Of Devil’s Island does. This means they will be easier to compare. I also chose this film as it uses two
protagonists and follow their stories with equal attention, which is an interesting technique. The fact it is co-directed is
also interesting as it will allow me to research further into whether the style of these films is actually down to their
country of origin or down to a director’s choices as an auteur.
Item 3: Nørgaard, Mikkel, 2013. Kvinden i buret , Zentropa Entertainments20
The final film I am using as part of my research catalogue is this Danish thriller, based on the crime novel of the same
name by Jussi Adler-Olssen. Again it makes use of similar features to the other two, which will allow me to understand
exactly what makes a film noticeably Scandinavian.
Item 4: Soila, Tytti, 2005. The Cinema of Scandinavia, Great Britain: Wallflower Press
It is clear from this book’s title how it will be relevant to my research project. It explores the cinema of Scandinavia as a
whole, but this will be useful information that I can specify so that it relates to thrillers in particular. It includes discussion
of films throughout the history of Scandinavian cinema which will help me to see any influences of previous directors
that may be evident in modern films. I think the academic viewpoint it takes will help with my research.
Item 5: Woronoff, Jon, 2012. Historical Dictionary of Scandinavian Cinema, USA: Scarecrow Press, Inc.
Although this is literally a dictionary of reference rather than a book necessarily about Scandinavian cinema, it still
contains lots of useful information. As well as key terms relate to my topic, it has a chronology of developments within
the region’s cinema. This will relate to the idea of development and influence mentioned in Item 4.
Item 6: Nestingen, Andrew K. and Trevor Glen Elkingto, 2005. Transnational Cinema in a Global North: Nordic Cinema
in Transition, USA: Wayne State University Press.
This film will be very useful as it’s more a more specific look on Nordic cinema. One of my focal films is Norwegian so
this book will help to analyse it. It also has a large section on Danish cinema, which is the country of origin for my other
two focal films, so again this will be very useful.
Item 7: Derry, Charles, 1951. The Suspense Thriller: Films in the Shadow of Alfred Hitchcock, USA: McFarland &
This is a book on the genre of thrillers as a whole. It will be useful in gaining a wider understanding of the films I’m
studying, which I will then be able to focus in closely within Scandinavian cinema.
Item 8: Bondenbjerg, Ib, 2000. ‘Film and Modernity: realism and the Aesthetics of Scandinavian New Wave Cinema’ in
Moving Images, Culture and the Mind, UK: University of Luton Press.
This is a section from a longer book published as a separate article. The fact that it addresses the aesthetics of
Scandinavian cinema is particularly useful to me, as that is what I am focussing on and will be attempting to recreate in
my creative artefact.
Item 9: Hjort, Mette and Ib Bondenbjerg, 2001. ‘Interview with Lars Von Trier’ in The Danish Directors: Dialogues on a
Contemporary National Cinema, UK: Intellect Books.
Whilst this book will be useful as a whole to give me an insight into Danish directors, I’m interested in the interview with
Von Trier specifically. This is because he is considered one of the great influential directors to emerge from Scandinavia,
and it will be interesting to find out his influence on more contemporary cinema. His methods may even affect my own
production of my short film.
Item 10: Robinson, Emma. ‘Cinema Scandinavia’. Accessed at 11:53 on the 09/12/14: http://www.cinemascandinavia.com/
This website will be useful as it compiles articles, reviews, trailers etc. on Scandinavian cinema. It will mean my research will
develop further and I can get a wider understanding of what defines cinema from this region.
Item 11: DFI. ‘Danish Film Institute’. Accessed at 09:24 on the 11/12/14: http://www.dfi.dk/English.aspx
Two of my focal films are Danish, and Denmark is a prominent part of Scandinavian cinema, so their film institute website will
help both my research and possibly inspire my creative artefact as well.
Item 12: PremiereScreen, 2012. ‘Marius Holst - The King of Devils Island Interview’ on YouTube. Accessed at
11:56 on the 09/12/14: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0bZuPuAVqE
Item 13: Caruso, Valerio, 2010. ‘Tobias Lindholm, Michael Noer – directors’ on YouTube. Accessed at 11:58
on 09/12/14: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GemlIXy3KTM
Item 14: ThePardoChannel, 2013. ‘Open microphone "The Keeper of Lost Causes · Jussi Adler-Olsen" of 66°
Festival del film Locarno’ on YouTube. Accessed at 12:00 on 09/12/14:
Item 15: Documentales Olvidados, 2012. ‘Cinema Europe I: Where It All Began’ on YouTube. Accessed at
12:02 on the 09/12/14: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fi1yarWLyQ
The three interviews with the directors and crew will be useful in helping me understand the creative
processes behind these films, which is especially relevant as I’m focusing on the look of them. The
documentary is part of a series that details the birth of cinema in Europe. Appreciating the history and
development of Scandinavian cinema will aid my research and help me to draw more inspiration when making
my own film.